California school district spending and test scores

Little Shasta Elementary School District

Despite years of efforts to equalize spending in California schools, some districts receive thousands of dollars more per student than others. And although some districts spent much more than the average, the bigger expenditure didn't assure higher scores on the state's Academic Performance Index, which is based on student test scores and other academic measures. Download a spreadsheet of spending per student and Academic Performance Index data for all school districts here.

How does Little Shasta Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,951   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

782   Median: 783

$9,951 spent per student ($265,479 total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Roseland Elementary $10,059
Los Angeles Unified $10,015
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified $10,010
Little Shasta Elementary $9,951
Marcum-Illinois Union Elementary $9,941
Junction Elementary $9,936
West Fresno Elementary $9,934
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
New Jerusalem Elementary (23.00) $55,500
Belridge Elementary (26.40) $42,094
Indian Diggings Elementary (22.10) $14,913
Bitterwater-Tully Union Elementary (28.70) $14,453
Seiad Elementary (28.10) $12,131
Laguna Joint Elementary (28.40) $11,120
Little Shasta Elementary (26.70) $9,951
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Big Springs Union Elementary $12,569
Butte Valley Unified $11,802
Willow Creek Elementary $10,331
Siskiyou Union High $10,153
Little Shasta Elementary $9,951
Montague Elementary $9,229
Weed Union Elementary $8,881
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782 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Weaver Union Elementary 782
Calaveras Unified 782
Waterford Unified 782
Little Shasta Elementary 782
San Ysidro Elementary 782
Gateway Unified 782
Lake Tahoe Unified 781
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Laguna Joint Elementary (28.40) 929
Bitterwater-Tully Union Elementary (28.70) 855
Seiad Elementary (28.10) 854
Belridge Elementary (26.40) 815
Little Shasta Elementary (26.70) 782
Indian Diggings Elementary (22.10) 777
New Jerusalem Elementary (23.00) N/A
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Grenada Elementary 828
Little Shasta Elementary 782
Montague Elementary 759
Siskiyou Union High 755
Butte Valley Unified 741
Weed Union Elementary 740
Willow Creek Elementary 722
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A note about the data: Spending figures refer to "current expense of education" per student in average daily attendance in 2009-10. The figures exclude certain expenditures, such as retiree benefits, food services and facilities acquisition and construction costs. Figures should be interpreted in the context of local conditions.

The state's nearly 1,000 school districts are responsible for reporting the information to the state. If individual districts spot problems with the state-reported statistics in our database, California Watch will confirm and update the data while encouraging districts to correct any errors with the state so that the public has the most accurate data available.

Interactive by Agustin Armendariz and Michael Corey. Reporting by Louis Freedberg and Stephen K. Doig.

Source: California Department of Education
Filed under: K-12